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Jefferson County Neighborhoods: Garden Clubs in and near Jeffco

Members of these community clubs learn from speakers, hold plant sales and voluntarily maintain public gardens.

“A garden is a grand teacher of patience, observation,
awareness, industry, thrift, and trust…”

Arvada Garden Coop


Forty years ago, some Arvada men formed a garden club at 57th and Garrison Street. Today, half of the members are women. Members pay $15 a year to rent a 12’ x 22’ plot that pays for water, use of hose and tools, and gardening tips from neighbors. Some donate vegetables to the Arvada Food Bank. The coop will hold an open house on August 11 to share samples of a variety of fresh produce and dishes created by this culturally diverse group of gardeners, including many from Russia and Vietnam.

Arvada gardeners
Arvada Gardeners Working in their Rented Plots

Community Garden in Applewood

Cappi Baumgart • 303-233-3983

More than 60 residents established a community garden on land owned by Applewood Church at 12930 W. 32nd Ave. Denver Urban Gardens has helped them organize this coop of 24 plots of 10x13 feet. Gardeners pay $50 each annually to cover the cost of watering.

Applewood gardeners
Applewood Gardeners

Evergreen Garden Club


Evergreen library gardenThis charitable and educational organization focused on mountain horticulture and conservation of natural resources has been serving the greater community for 41 years. About 100 members from the central foothills meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Evergreen Fire & Rescue Administration Building at 1802 Bergen Pkwy. They have guest speakers, maintain an online newsletter, visit one another’s gardens, and go on other related field trips.

Members bring plants, cuttings, or seeds to share at each meeting. The Club’s voluntary community service is the design, planting, and maintenance of public gardens at Hiwan Homestead Museum, JeffCo Public Library, Evergreen Post Office, the Bergen Park traffic circle and a huge area below the Evergreen Dam.

Evergreen Moonlight Garden Club

Ann Glossa • 303-674-6623

Started 12 years ago, this club of about 30 members meets on the 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at members’ homes. They emphasize growing native plants, maintain bluebird houses in Parmalee Gulch, maintain gardens at Fort Logan National Cemetery maintaining, among many other shared projects.

Golden Gardeners Club

Hawk mothAnn Brown • 303-279-5388

Members have met on the 4th Monday at 1 p.m. for 54 years, usually at the Golden Public Library. About 12 members maintain the Rose Garden at the Golden Pioneer Museum and jointly host a Flower Show. Beautification projects include tree planting in Golden parks and public schools.

Happy Transplants Garden Club

Betty Roan • 303-430-9167

This group has met continuously since 1969 on the first Wednesday of each month during the winter at the Westminster United Methodist Church, 3585 West 76th Avenue, Westminster. They meet at one another’s homes during the summer. Projects include creating an authentic garden at the Bowles House Museum and a miniature greenhouse project in elementary schools.

Front Range Organic Gardeners (FROG)

Linda Tegtmeier • 303-744-7871

This metro area organic gardening group has 45-50 members, including about 20 from JeffCo. Monthly meetings are on 3rd Thurs, 7 pm, usually at Denver Presbytery Center, 1710 S. Grant, except during summer when they visit one another’s gardens. Members share knowledge, publish a monthly newsletter, swap plants and seeds, and help spread the word on organic gardening at plant events, local greenhouses, and Denver Botanic Gardens.

native garden

Lakewood Garden Club

flower borderMartha Price • 303-238-6002

Members meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. Programs cover topics such as pruning, soil improvement, identifying weeds, best vines for the area, great roses, container gardening. Garden parties are hosted at members’ homes in season.

Table Mountain Garden Club

Swiss Hoffman • 303-384-9516

garden signAbout 24 members meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday at members’ homes. They care for two “friendship gardens” in Golden, south of the bridge west of Clear Creek History Park and Golden Pioneer Museum. They cooperate with the Golden Gardeners Club to host an annual show at the Golden Recreation Center.

Other contacts:

Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado • www.alcc.com
Colorado State Univ. Extension Services • www.ext.colostate.edu
Littleton Garden Club • 303-796-9119
Roxbough Garden Club • 303-948-0255
Highlands Ranch • 303-979-0305
Denver Urban Gardens • www.dug.org/home.asp

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